Program Title:

Rural Firefighting

Program Outline:

This course is based on portions of Chapter 5 of the NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2013 Edition.

While the Rural Fire Fighting course is not a full Fire Fighter I certification course, it will cover much of the same theory and skills training as NFPA 1001, 2013 Edition Fire Fighter I, including part or all of the following subjects: Firefighter Health & Safety, Communications, Building Construction, Fire Behaviour, Personal Protective Equipment, Fire Hose, Water Supply, Ladders, Search & Rescue and Firefighter Survival, Ventilation, Fire Streams, Fire Control, and Loss Control.

The course is a blended model of training to accommodate the schedules of firefighters, and includes an extensive pre-class assignment. Students will do much of the theory online, and some of the basic skills in-house before attending the in-class hands-on session.

Credit Status:

A record of training will be provided to successful learners. After completing the course, students will receive a list of sections they will need to complete if they desire to pursue NFPA 1001, 2013 Edition, Fire Fighter I certification.


Members of Ontario municipal fire departments.

Recommended skills/knowledge:

Students must complete the online learning, and in-house skills portion of the course prior to attending. Student progress will be monitored by the course coordinator, and students that do not complete the preclass assignment will not be permitted to take the course. See the Pre Class Instructions on the next page for more details on time requirements.

Modes of Delivery:

Blended learning:

 Pre-Class: reading assignments, online quizzes, in-house skills training

 In-Class: lecture, discussions, skills practice

Modes of Evaluation:

Online quizzes, written knowledge test, and practical skills tests. Note: COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT GRANT CERTIFICATION;


Required Text:

- IFSTA, Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th Edition, 1st Printing

Books can be ordered through the following distributors:

Fire Safety Canada (Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council)

Brockville, Ontario. Tel: 1-866-379-6668, ext. 109


Annex Books & Videos, Simcoe, ON Tel: 1-877-267-3473

Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery.

Pre Class Instructions

After students have received notification from the Registrar that they have been accepted into the course they must supply a valid email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further instructions on how to access the online portion of the course will be emailed to them at that time.

Course Philosophy

This course is designed as a training partnership between fire departments and the Ontario Fire College. Students that apply for this course will be expected to achieve a level of proficiency in basic skills before attending the course. This will free up course time for skills that are not as easily practiced in-house, such as live fire.

Time Requirement

While each student’s learning pace will be different, students should allow approximately 60 hours to complete the reading, online quizzes, and skills for the course. Students that have had previous training may require less time, and students that are beginners may require more.

Fire Department Support

It is anticipated that fire department trainers will assist and support students that are working on the pre-class assignment. While the assignment was designed with the flexibility of self-directed learning in mind, fire departments may choose to offer some or all of the theory portions of the course in a classroom setting. Whether students obtain the theory through self-directed learning or through classroom training (or a combination of both), they will still be required to complete the online quizzes to show that they have achieved the required knowledge level. Fire departments are expected to support students by providing opportunities to practice the skills, as well as providing coaching by in-house trainers.

A separate information sheet for in-house trainers is available on the main preclass website under Rural Firefighting. The sheet gives an overview of the preclass reading requirement, and a list of the required preclass skills. The preclass skill sheets are also available for download on the site.

Acceptance into the in-class portion of the course

The course coordinator will monitor students’ progress on the preclass assignment. Students that do not complete the preclass will not be permitted to attend the in-class portion of the course. Note: Students must successfully pass a quantitative fit test on the SCBA that they will use for the course before attending.


For further information, please contact the course coordinator using the contact information above


Pre-Class Information Sheet

In-house Trainer Information Sheet

Important Course Documents